The PA’s Return to the Gaza Strip: Impractical and Unwanted

The prospect of the PA returning to control the Gaza Strip is not practical. The Palestinian public does not support this idea, accusing the PA of corruption and acting as an executor for the Israeli security system. The PA has already lost security control in northern Samaria and lacks the capability to manage the Gaza Strip or confront Hamas' military wing.

Mahmoud Abbas, the PA chairman, faced severe criticism for his remarks at the Arab Summit in Manama, Bahrain.

His comments have further deepened the division within Palestinian society.

Abbas blamed Hamas for providing Israel with reasons to attack Gaza, stating that Hamas’ independent military action on October 7 led to Palestinian casualties and destruction.

Abbas also accused Hamas of refusing to end the split in Palestinian society and failing to align with international legitimacy, which he believes serves Israel’s interests.

In February, he urged Hamas to complete a deal for the release of Israeli hostages to prevent further disaster for Palestinians.

Hamas responded to Abbas’ statements with regret, emphasizing that the October 7 attack on Israel was part of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation.

The PA’s Prospects in Gaza


Despite pressure from the Biden administration, Western countries, and Arab nations for the PA to manage Gaza post-war, the Israeli government does not see the PA as a viable option.

Prime Minister Netanyahu views the PA as a promoter of terrorism, pointing to its failure to condemn the October 7 massacre, its practice of paying salaries to terrorists, and its incitement against Israel in its educational and media systems.

Hamas, on the other hand, disregards the PA in indirect negotiations with Israel regarding hostages and ceasefire deals, preferring to consult with Arab countries and Turkey.

Abbas fears that Israel plans to establish a military government in Gaza and re-establish settlements.

The PA’s legitimacy is questioned on the Palestinian street, where it is seen as corrupt and unfit to govern both the West Bank and Gaza.

The PA’s refusal to hold general elections exacerbates this distrust, as many believe Abbas would lose.

The Gazan public harbors significant animosity towards Abbas, who imposed sanctions on Gaza in 2018 to incite rebellion against Hamas.

Many Palestinians see Abbas as an executor for Israeli security.

The Biden administration is also disappointed with the PA, labeling the new technocrat government led by Muhammad Moustapha as a puppet of Abbas, where corruption persists, and efforts to combat terrorism are lacking.

The PA’s loss of security control in northern Samaria to Iranian-backed terrorist groups raises further doubts about its ability to manage Gaza.

It is unlikely that PA security personnel would confront Hamas’ armed terrorists.


Given the opposition from the Palestinian public, Israel, and the PA’s weakened state, the possibility of the PA returning to control Gaza is impractical. Anyone who believes otherwise is grossly mistaken.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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